Volleyball Heads To Dartmouth and Harvard This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - Coming off its biggest win of the season, thePenn women's volleyball teamlook to remain unbeaten in the Ivy League when they embark on their longest road trip of the season this weekend. The Red and Blue travel up to Hanover, N.H. to play Dartmouth on Friday at 7 p.m. and then go down to Boston for a match with Harvard on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Penn went 2-0 last weekend, including a 3-2 win over defending Ivy champion Yale, to improve to 3-0 in the Ivy League. Against the Bulldogs, the Red and Blue were led by a trio of juniors in Julia Swanson, Megan Tryon and Madison Wojciechowski. Swanson had 17 kills and 17 digs, and added a season high 5 block assists, while Tryon matched a season-high with 60 assists, 12 digs and six kills. Wojciechowski meanwhile, led the Penn defense, recording 31 of the team's 96 digs. Freshman Lauren Martin also had a big game for the Quakers, hitting a career-high 21 kills.

Despite the 3-0 Ivy start, the Red and Blue can't get too comfortable as they must now take on Dartmouth, who is second in the conference with a 3-1 record. The Big Green started Ivy play 3-0 before dropping a four-set match at Cornell last Saturday. Dartmouth is led by reigning Ivy Player of the Week Madeline Baird. The sophomore is averaging a team-high 3.69 kills per set (199) while hitting .224. She is also second on the team averaging 3.04 digs per set (164). The Big Green are led on defense by sophomore Amber Bryant who averages 3.52 digs per set (176) and senior Morgan Covington who has a team high 39 total blocks (.72).

On Saturday's trip to Boston, the Quakers will face a Harvard squad which has won two straight. The Crimson beat Cornell and Columbia last weekend, dropping just one set in the process. Leading the charge was sophomore Anna Ingersall, who had 23 kills (3.29) and eight total blocks (1.14) on the weekend. Ingersall leads the team with 2.98 kills per set (128) while also hitting a team-high .326. Taylor Docter and Mikealle Comrie are second and third with 2.67 and 2.63 digs per set. On defense, Christine Wu is tops on the team with 5.05 digs per set (283) while Ingersall averages .98 blocks per set (42).

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Putting The Hurt On The Bears
Penn hit a season high .347 with 48 kills against Brown in its 3-0 victory. The Quakers also held their first opponent under ten points in a set this season, winning the final set 25-9.

Can You Dig It
Penn had 96 digs against Yale, its highest dig total in nearly two years. The Quakers are currently ranked 18th in the country with 17.13 digs per set and are led by Madison Wojciechowski, who is fifth in the country with 5.73 digs per set.

Three And Counting
The Quakers improved to 3-0 in conference play for the first time since the Red and Blue opened with a 9-0 mark to start the 2003 Ivy campaign.

Freshman Phenom
First year Lauren Martin leads the Ivy League in attack percentage, hitting .398 in three matches. She is also averaging 4.36 kills per set (48), good for fifth in the Ivy League. Martin is the only player in conference play in the top five in both attack percentage and kills per set.

Dig 'Em
Junior Madison Wojciechowski had 51 digs over the weekend, to give her 1,306 in her career and move her into third on the all-time list. She now trails just Cara Thompson (1,525) and Melissa Ingalls (1,313). Wojciechowski also had 31 digs against Yale for her third 30 dig match of the season and the sixth of her career.

Lending A Helping Hand
Junior Megan Tryon averaged 12.38 assists per set last weekend (99) and her season average of 11.18 is good for 19th in the nation. As a team, the Quakers are 22nd in the country with 12.9 assists per set (787).

Getting Offensive
After Penn's first three matches in Ivy play, the Quakers rank first in kills per set (15.09), attack percentage (.273) and assists per set (14.55). The Red and Blue also lead the conference in opponent attack percentage, allowing teams to hit just .135 against them.

By The Numbers

- The Quakers improved to 8-0 this season when they win the first set, and an impressive 10-0 when they
win the second set.
- Penn is also unbeaten when it wins the first set (6-0).
- The Quakers improved to 10-1 this season when they out dig their opponent.
- Penn has out dug each of its last three opponents by at least 15 digs